Becoming Review | Book Written By Michelle Obama
Genre: Biography, Memoir
First Published On: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group, Viking Press
The book consists of three different segments, showcasing the three phases of Michelle Obama’s life.
PART 1– Becoming Me:
The story starts with the childhood days. Michelle’s family lived on the south side of Chicago. They rented an apartment on the second floor of a bungalow. This space belonged to Robbie her mother’s aunt. Michelle lived in the apartment with her parents and an elder brother Craig.
The author explained how her family was the world, the center of everything. Her father worked in a filtration plant and hence could provide very basic amenities to live with. They lived a life of scarcity. Despite the lack of amenities, Michelle was a bright child from her early childhood days.
At the age of four, she started to take piano lessons from Robbie. She managed to join Whitney’s young high school. She also went to Princeton University and then Harvard Law School for her further education. Finally landed a job in a high-end law firm called Sidley & Austin.
PART 2– Becoming Us:
At the workplace, Michelle met the love of her life, Mr.Barrack Obama. This section is all about how they fell in love with each other. How their love grew with time. About their marriage and daughters (Malia and Sasha), all rolled in this part. Here she describes her political journey after becoming the first lady of the United States. And, how she manages to balance her work and motherhood.
PART 3– Becoming More:
Becoming More talks more about her political life. The time when Michelle lived for eight years, in the white house with her family. She has enclosed every aspect of her life, her success as well as the disappointments. The struggles, challenges, and responsibilities as the first lady of the United States.
The book is superbly written. A book with emotions, love, and power. Reading this book was empowering as well as a complete blissful journey.
I also loved the audio version of the book. The narration and voice texture will bind you to the audiobook till the end. I must say it’s one of the life-changing experiences for all the readers and the listens of the book.
For me Becoming is an inspirational memoir by Michelle Obama. She was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. She is a profound writer, a lawyer, and a director of a nonprofit organization.
Interesting Things Which I Enjoyed:
My favorite part was somewhere in the midway of the book. The part of becoming Us, where Michelle met Mr. Obama. And then a few transitions in her life after that were remarkable.
The way the story unfolds is enchanting. Writing is simple, honest, and emotional at times. Real and relatable story. A tale where Michelle rose above the obscurity. Later, becoming powerful and inspiring for all.
I would suggest everyone to read this book. You are a Michele Obama fan or not, but after reading you definitely will become one.
Excellent narration and storytelling by the author will keep you hooked. It will inspire you and help you to find meaning in life.
Quotes From The Book:
“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
“Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”
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